On Monday,multiple sources reported that Chris Soules' lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the felony charge brought against him following his arrest on Tuesday, April 25. As previously reported, Soules allegedly left the scene of a fatal car accident near Aurora, Iowa on Monday, April 24 and was charged with allegedly committing a class D felony. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirmed Soules' arrest and charge last Tuesday. The motion to dismiss was reportedly filed on Monday, before Soules is set to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on May 2. Bustle reached out to Soules' lawyers for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
UPDATE: A rep for Soules released the following statement to Bustle on May 3: "Neither Mr. Soules nor his legal counsel will be responding to the numerous tabloid style articles and journalists who have been reporting false and misleading stories by citing 'unnamed sources.' Rather, they will be focusing on presenting the truth, which will reveal how inaccurate and unfair so many of these news accounts have been. We are confident that the fair-minded citizens of Iowa will do what they’ve always done – reserve judgment until all of the accurate information is properly presented."
EARLIER: Per Us Weekly, Soules' lawyers claim in the court documents that there is no probable cause for a felony charge against the former Bachelor star. "A recording of a 911 phone call placed by Mr. Soules provides real-time evidence that Mr. Soules unhesitatingly identified himself and his role in the accident to dispatch and tried his utmost to resuscitate Mr. Mosher," the documents state according to Us.
The documents reportedly continue, "The evidence will further show that emergency responders arrived on the scene shortly after Mr. Soules concluded his 911 call. Mr. Soules remained on the scene with those emergency responders for several more minutes before returning to his home."
Last Wednesday, Bustle received 911 audio from the sheriff's office showing that although he allegedly left the scene of the crash, Soules called 911 after the accident. Also on Wednesday, Soules spoke out personally for the first time since his arrest. "My family and I are overwhelmed with this tragedy, but we are sticking together and we’ll get through it," he told InTouch Weekly. "Thank you for reaching out."
At the time of his arrest, Bustle reached out to Soules' rep for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. The Tuesday of his arrest, Soules' former lawyers, Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman of West Des Moines, Iowa, gave the following statement to Just Jared:
The Buchanan County Sheriff's released the following press release to Bustle on Tuesday: